THE MENTAL FURNITURE INDUSTRY
29 June - 4 Aug
Opening Friday 28 June 6 - 9 pm
Image: Hornsey School of Art students, 1968, courtesy of Middlesex University Archives
Institutionalised education and standardised pedagogical practices are principal activities of the Mental Furniture Industry* (MFI). Likewise, the tools of this trade - books and language - are the apparatus of learnt knowledge and received opinion.
This exhibition narrates three historic examples of pedagogical radicalism. The Anti-University, The Hornsey Sit-in and Alexander Trocchi’s sigma project. Alongside a small, accessible archive of material from 1964-1968 are selected works produced by the artists and writers involved in the collective activism.
In addition, a number of artists propose contemporary projects of un-learning, obstruction to instruction and anti-knowledge through physical and performative interventions, including Olivia Plender & Patrick Staff, Adelita Husni-Bey & Park McArthur and Sarah Pierce. Jakob Jakobsen will launch his new project, Anti-know.
A publication to accompany the exhibition will be available with contributions from the exhibiting artists plus John Hill, Nina Power and Howard Slater.
*This phrase first appears in the title of John Latham's work MFI Bing (1975) as well as in correspondence dated 21 January 1974, referring to "a mental furniture design project"
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